Customizable processors have been described as the next natural step in the
evolution of the microprocessor business: a step in the life of a new technology
where top performance alone is no longer sufficient to guarantee market success.
Other factors become fundamental, such as time to market, convenience, energy
efficiency, and ease of customization.
This book is the first to explore comprehensively one of the most fundamental
trends which emerged in the last decade: to treat processors not as rigid, fixed
entities, which designers include as is in their products; but rather, to build
sound methodologies to tailor-fit processors to the specific needs of such